Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tests and Blessings

With Dawn and Katy at UVA hospital and away from computer access, it’s up to me (Paul) to update the blog. I apologize for the delay; I know many of you have been waiting for word.

Dawn mentioned the other day that we feel like we now have a medical team that is really plugged in, and that becomes more evident every day. The doctors who are seeing Katy at UVA have been wonderful and are truly committed to her long-term care, not just getting over this hump. They are in close communication with the other members of her medical team on a regular basis. As all of you who have been following this blog know, that is a huge praise.

Katy continues to struggle to eat and drink. She received two bags of IV fluid yesterday after her initial tests, and will receive more as necessary after her tests today. She has lost five pounds since last week, but fortunately she had a lot of reserves this time so she is still not down to her normal weight. The good news about all of these tests and treatments is that she is being treated as an out-patient. She is adamant about not staying in the hospital unless it is absolutely positively no-other-choice necessary. So at the end of the day, she and Dawn return to my parents’ home in Fishersville, where they snuggled in bed together last night and watched Jane Eyre.

Please continue to pray for Katy’s hydration and for wisdom for the doctors as they work on both long- and short-term plans. We are optimistic. Dawn told me this morning that she can feel your prayers.

Comments:
  1. linda kochendarfer Says:

    Paul,
    Thanks for the update! It’s good to know that Dawn and Katy are with family at the end of these busy days. Please tell them both that Rich and I continue to pray for them and the rest of the family. If you need anything while they are gone, know that we are just a phone call away and ten minutes down the mountain.
    Loving each of you,
    Linda K

  2. Lisa Patterson Says:

    Paul,
    I will continue to pray for Katy! It sounds like she is hanging in there, I hope that Dawn is staying rested, because it is so hard to stay up, when you are emotionally drained. I understand and will support you in anyway necessary. Keep up the good fight.
    Keeping you all in prayer
    Lisa Patterson

  3. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey guys!
    Thanks so much for the update! I’m so glad that the girls get to go back to a cozy home at the end of a long day! What a nice way to wrap up the day - with a good movie and a good friend! PTL for the doctors! I’m so thankful that they are working on the long and short term and I’m so glad that she’s been able to get some fluids! That’s a huge relief!

    Ellie is doing well! Every time she lays down on the floor - Noah wants to lay beside her and pet her head….Lydia cries if she loses sight of her - which is enough to make me batty! :) If the dog has to go outside for a bathroom break - Lydia runs to a window so that she can watch and then runs to the door to let her back in as soon as she is done! I’m finding it facinating wacthing the little personalities God has given my children come out in their care and love for her…Noah is the nurturer, he wants to love on her and feed her and care for her (he found a “people” brush and wanted to use it on her…YIKES!) and Lydia is the good times girl - she wants to give her balls and play chase! :)

    We love ya’ll so much and are praying for you continually!
    Jes

  4. Sandy Says:

    Dear Katy’s Dad — Thank you for the update. It sounds like Katy does have a wonderful care team in place now, to go along with her wonderful prayer team! Prayers continue from here.

  5. Doris Harriff Says:

    Thanks for the update, Paul. I’m sure Paul & Lucile are enjoying having Katy & Dawn with them, even though the circumstances are less than ideal.

  6. Tiffany Allen Says:

    Uncle Paul,

    It’s so wonderful that you all have found a team of doctors that are committed to getting Katy well. Praise God! Please let Katy know that she is always in my prayers.

    Tiffany~

  7. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Paul - thanks so much for the update. Please pass along our love - more later - I’m at work - wink!

  8. Freddy Chakhachiro Says:

    Praise God for providing doctors that are in tune. We’ll all keep praying that they are able to do miracles with and for her. In the meantime, please know that your family’s faith through all this is such an encouragement to the rest of us. If there is anything our family can do to help any of you, please don’t hesitate to call.

    Freddy

  9. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy and Dawn,

    Our prayers are with you as you meet each day at UVa with steadfast determination and hope! We hate not having you down the street, but pray that the doctors there can offer new insights and dedication! I’m so glad you don’t have to stay inpatient! I will pray that you will remain able to receive out-patient care! Katy, our worship services just are not the same without you! I and the children miss seeing you sign the praise songs! We too are waiting on the Lord! Take care, and may the God of grace uphold you and give you great joy!

    -Jennifer B.

  10. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Paul,

    I am so glad that things are going so well with the new medical team, and that is truly an answer to prayer. Please let Katy and Dawn know that we are pulling for them and am certainly elated that there can be a happy medium when it comes to Katy’s wishes. Please know that we think about you too, and know that it is hard to see family members struggle in difficult times. Our family will pray for your needs to be met during this time as well.
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman

  11. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so glad to hear that you’re staying so optimistic during this bump in the road!!
    Thank you, Mr. Campbell, for keeping us updated. :-)
    Stay strong darlin’–this too shall pass!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)